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Del. bishop issues pastoral letter in anticipation of same-sex marriage bill

Saturday, February 2, 2013
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WILMINGTON, Del. — As advocates prepare to push for a bill authorizing gay marriage in Delaware, the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington is weighing in with a pastoral letter on marriage.

Bishop Francis Malooly

Bishop Francis Malooly begins his pastoral letter with a quotation from the book of Genesis stating that God created mankind in his own image, both male and female, and directed them to be fertile and multiply.

Malooly also notes that the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines marriage as a matrimonial covenant between a man and a woman and says marriage must be “cherished and defended.”

State lawmakers have said it’s likely that a bill authorizing gay marriage will be introduced in the legislature this year, barely a year after same-sex civil unions became legal in Delaware.

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